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Lu
Lu
$194
Watercolour (13 x 18 cm)
Je te vois 2
Je te vois 2
$340
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
Le passage du poète
Le passage du poète
$340
Acrylic painting (40 x 40 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 3
Duo noir et blanc 3
$729
Mixed media (51 x 39 cm)
Duo noir et blanc 4
Duo noir et blanc 4
$729
Mixed media (51 x 39 cm)
Femme blonde au ruban à pois
Femme blonde au ruban à pois
$3,218
Mixed media (89 x 116 cm)
Que fais-tu ?
Que fais-tu ?
$911
Oil painting (64 x 90 cm)
Les voisins du grand nord
Les voisins du grand nord
$850
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
L'origine du monde
L'origine du monde
$304
Mixed media (25 x 32 cm)
Chim & rik
Chim & rik
$729
Mixed media (30 x 40 cm)
Sorcière humanoïde
Sorcière humanoïde
$607
Acrylic painting (30 x 30 cm)
Samouraï (04)
Samouraï (04)
$971
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 11)
The soul of a man (numéro 11)
$971
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Hot lava
Hot lava
$1,032
Mixed media (49 x 39 cm)
Le cri (02)
Le cri (02)
$971
Acrylic painting (50 x 61 cm)
Jeux d'enfant - le trophée
Jeux d'enfant - le trophée
$2,671
Mixed media (80 x 120 cm)
Flux
Flux
$1,457
Mixed media (68 x 96 cm)
Chercher le garçon
Chercher le garçon
$9,350
Acrylic painting (160 x 300 cm)
Prolifération
Prolifération
$753
Mixed media (50 x 50 cm)
Behind the shield
Behind the shield
$789
Mixed media (23 x 47 cm)
Respiration V
Respiration V
$3,643
Mixed media (100 x 120 cm)
Il cubo
Il cubo
$1,093
Mixed media (40 x 60 cm)
The soul of a man (numéro 05)
The soul of a man (numéro 05)
$2,429
Acrylic painting (81 x 100 cm)
Portrait vert
Portrait vert
$364
Oil painting (33 x 41 cm)
La vierge folle IV (version 2)
La vierge folle IV (version 2)
$1,032
Mixed media (39 x 49 cm)
Le taureau
Le taureau
$2,186
Acrylic painting (73 x 100 cm)
Andromède m31
Andromède m31
$6,011
Acrylic painting (81 x 130 cm)
Joyeuse équipe
Joyeuse équipe
$2,307
Acrylic painting (100 x 120 cm)
Ange ou démon
Ange ou démon
$1,579
Acrylic painting (81 x 65 cm)
Pinkman 1
Pinkman 1
$364
Acrylic painting (30 x 40 cm)
Tout en volant, elle passa le portique de l'abricot
Tout en volant, elle passa le portique de l'abricot
$595
Mixed media (70 x 100 cm)
Le miroir lui montra la porte
Le miroir lui montra la porte
$595
Mixed media (70 x 100 cm)
Third eye
Third eye
$729
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
D'phaze
D'phaze
$971
Mixed media (50 x 70 cm)
L'arbre et le soleil
L'arbre et le soleil
$2,671
Oil painting (120 x 140 cm)
Le refuge
Le refuge
$668
Acrylic painting (65 x 50 cm)
Fughe in prigione
Fughe in prigione
$1,032
Mixed media (35 x 60 cm)
Ich warte
Ich warte
$1,093
Mixed media (40 x 60 cm)
Bad bob
Bad bob
$304
Acrylic painting (20 x 30 cm)
L'autoroute
L'autoroute
$595
Oil painting (70 x 100 cm)
Totem sans tabou
Totem sans tabou
$789
Mixed media (40 x 30 cm)
Patibulaires
Patibulaires
$971
Acrylic painting (50 x 70 cm)
Minerve XVII - athena sedula
Minerve XVII - athena sedula
$2,671
Oil painting (68 x 180 cm)
Drôle d'oiseau 26
Drôle d'oiseau 26
$243
Mixed media (14 x 21 cm)
Drôle d'oiseau 21
Drôle d'oiseau 21
$243
Mixed media (14 x 21 cm)
Pinkman 3
Pinkman 3
$364
Acrylic painting (30 x 40 cm)
Flipper story
Flipper story
$595
Mixed media (70 x 100 cm)
Mante
Mante
$243
Watercolour (10 x 15 cm)
Mémoires de pierre
Mémoires de pierre
$1,093
Watercolour (46 x 61 cm)
Sans reflets
Sans reflets
$1,336
Oil painting (65 x 45 cm)
Primitif du futur
Primitif du futur
$607
Acrylic painting (40 x 50 cm)
Le désir
Le désir
$5,647
Acrylic painting (170 x 150 cm)
Conte d'hiver
Conte d'hiver
$1,063
Mixed media (60 x 60 cm)
Enez hir
Enez hir
$364
Acrylic painting (50 x 40 cm)
Clair de lune
Clair de lune
$729
Oil painting (60 x 70 cm)
Pied licorne
Pied licorne
$1,032
Mixed media (50 x 50 cm)
Melting hot
Melting hot
$1,154
Mixed media (88 x 124 cm)
Dîner en ville
Dîner en ville
$3,582
Acrylic painting (150 x 100 cm)
Amour et psyché
Amour et psyché
$2,914
Mixed media (81 x 100 cm)
Scylla
Scylla
$1,821
Acrylic painting (80 x 80 cm)

Great Surrealist painters and Surrealism techniques

In 1924 André Breton defined Surrealism as "Psychic automatism in its pure state, by which one expresses, either verbally, in writing, or in any other medium, the actual functioning of thought. The dictation of thought in the absence of all control exercised by reason and outside all moral and aesthetic concerns..." It is, however, more challenging to apply this definition to the world of plastic arts.

This is why Surrealism in painting is expressed in different ways without every following the definition given by Breton to the letter. Inspired by the paintings of Giorgio de Chirico and Freudian psychoanalysis, the great Surrealist artists, Salvador Dali, Max Ernst, Francis Picabia, René Magritte, Joan Miro and Yves Tanguy, all took a different approach and interpretation of what Surrealism paintings meant to them. Interpreting dreams, using automatic movements and distorting the perception of reality, they used their inventiveness to create a unique plastic language.

Salvador Dali, for example, invented a technique known as "paranoia-criticism" (a technique inspired by Lacan), recreating on canvas his dreams and fantasies after analysis and reflection. His Surrealism paintings, such as Soft Construction with Boiled Beans, The Persistence of Memory and The Enigma of My Desire, are organized according to the secret, coded language of his own creation.

Others, such as René Magritte, took a completely different approach, seeking to stimulate our perception of reality. Surrealism artworks like The Treachery of Images and The Key to Dreams are designed to disturb the viewer, who is faced with visual contradictions (such as a train emerging from a chimney) and forced to put into perspective their perception of the world. To do this, Magritte played on the referent and referee, creating surprising visual word plays.

 The origins of Surrealism

After World War I, many intellectuals were keen to escape the violence and terror of reality. André Breton, who had completed his military service in a psychiatric hospital during the war, was confronted with soldiers who, returning from the front line, had developed all sorts of psychiatric disorders. 

Fascinated by a number of his patients, who had created an imaginary world in which to seek refuge and heal from the violence of the front line, André Breton became increasingly interested in the powers of the mind and more specifically the writings of Sigmund Freud.

The unconscious, as described by Freud, represented for the great Surrealist artists André Breton, Paul Eluard and Philippe Soupault, a mental space in which anything was possible. Through numerous means, they sought to enter into contact with it, using all sorts of processes and drugs. They were interested in exploring this mental space stripped of all control of the mind. A space in which creation was found in its purest form. A space beyond reality, the place of the surreal. And so Surrealism was born.

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